MEMBERSHIP TIPS AND IDEAS!
Share the Love of PTA!
Colorado PTA’s theme this year is “Advocacy, Leadership, Membership: the Heart of PTA”. The annual Colorado PTA Convention is in Loveland, April 28-29! Let’s celebrate Valentine’s Day throughout the month of February and grow your membership when you “Share the Love of PTA”.
You love PTA, others will too! You just need to ask them to join. Use the Valentine template to help with “the ask”.
Let’s put our top effort into recruiting ten (10) more members by March 31st! Here are ten (10) ideas to get you started on where to find those members:
- Parents new to the school
- Custodians, paras, bus drivers, secretaries, food service providers
- Administrators and counselors
- Student council members
- Local business owners, chamber members
- Neighbors close to the school
- Daycare/ preschool parents
- Guest teachers/ substitutes/ coaches/ adults who are often at the school
- Anyone who has not received the love and joy PTA membership provides for all kids!
Thanks to those PTA/PTSAs that have already increased your membership. Share your success story so Colorado PTA can share with others. Send winning strategies to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or share to social media on Facebook and Twitter (@ColoradoPTA) using #PTALove.
At the Colorado PTA Convention, delegates were asked to share membership ideas. Each table chose the best one, represented below:
Helen Keller PTA: Be present – engage – just ask.
Elk Creek Elementary PTA: Conduct a phone tree race! An existing PTA member for each grade level personally contacts non-member parents in their grade level. The first person to increase PTA membership within their grade level by 20% wins!
Colorow Elementary PTA: Man night – dads and kids work together to complete challenges and earn tickets. Tickets are redeemed for ice cream sundae toppings. Those becoming a member that night automatically receive extra tickets to redeem. (They got 12 new male members that night!)
Garfield Elementary PTA: They started an “active recess” during lunch hour, inviting parents during lunch hour once per month to pay with the kids. They usually have an obstacle course and sports activities. They find moms and dads want to be a part of PTA with this initiative.
Parmalee Elementary PTA: Worked with their principal to push membership at staff meetings.
Stetson Elementary PTA: They ran a membership and volunteer drive that started at back to school night and continued throughout the year. They had drawings at every meeting and will have a final gig prize winner announced at the end of the year Literacy Night. Prizes included gift cards, local business donations, and the grand prize of a stay at the Great Wolf Lodge.
Membership Campaign Tip!
Thanks to Colorow Elementary PTA! We share the “Epic Ice Cream Challenge!”
Make the focus on male caregivers/dads enjoying time with their kids and focusing on a goal. After completing each activity station, the team would earn points that would get written on a point card.
– Organize 8 activity stations in the gymnasium – many sports or activity related like basketball take-a-shot, Football pass, Jump rope relay, etc. Add some other activities like “make a balloon animal” and a Laser Challenge game.
– Organize an awesome Banana Split bar in the cafeteria. Have tons of topping choices like candies, syrups, cereals, etc. Each topping cost points. After the team is finished in the gym, take the point cards in and “buy” toppings to make awesome banana split creations, and then eat them there together.
– Tell each male when he checks in to the event that he will earn 10 extra bonus points to buy more toppings for himself and the students with him for joining the PTA.
– If you are good at getting donations, you can do an event like this for free. If donations are not possible, budget approx. $1 per serving. Work with your PE teacher to get some ideas and borrow some equipment.